Jim Angell and Matt Brown are
Panza. It began in a basement in north London on New
Years Eve 1992.
Along the way they've danced in warehouses, film
studios, photography studios, old cinemas, old
embassies, old gymnasiums, on boats up and down the
Thames, in Rio de Janeiro, on the streets of Notting
Hill and on a light up dance floor.
Since winning the Best Decorated Sound System at the
’94 Carnival things have got bigger and better for
the Sancho Panza guys, who moved from Bonchurch
Street to their current home on Middle Row in 1996.
Where you’d normally find mothers gossiping outside
school gates, revellers from all over London, and
indeed the world, let their hair down to the sweet
sounds of what can only be described as Carnival
House, with it’s Latin vibe and massive
The popularity of Sancho Panza at Carnival has lead
on to big things for Matt and Jimmy, including
appearances at Glastonbury Festival and the release
of their own double CD (appropriately named
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Sancho
Panza’s Carnival appearances is the guest DJ. These
days the boys are often reluctant to announce who
will be playing alongside them, partly to keep an
air of mystery about their appearance and partly to
make sure people are coming to see Sancho, not just
their special guest... so who knows who might be
showing up this year.
The sunny sounds of Sunday’s Sancho set are perfect
for dancing and enjoying the atmosphere, the
uplifting beats and the company of your fellow
Carnival-goers. Monday however, sees a darker side,
with a more underground feel to the music, a must
for hardcore fans of dance music.
Essentially Sancho Panza is motivated by simple
philosophies: beauty is in the detail, anything is
possible, and there's nothing wrong with a bit of
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